Convicted criminal Michael Brown attempted to extort money from former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney by claiming to have stolen tax documents belonging to Romney. Brown claimed to have stolen the information from the accounting firm PwC by illegally accessing PwC’s computers. He then demanded $1,000,000 dollars in bitcoin from Romney in 2012 while he was running for President.
Brown also attempted to sell the information he claimed to have to both the Democratic and Republican party offices. Brown was convicted by a federal jury on six counts of wire fraud and 6 counts of extortion. He now faces up to 20 years in prison for the wire fraud charges and up to 5 years in prison for the extortion charges. Brown will likely be sentenced in August.